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Ethan Hawke: Praise pushes me along

Ethan Hawke would be over the moon with an Oscar nomination for his role in Boyhood.

While many people dine out on a great story, Ethan finds life more enjoyable when he's praised for his work.

The actor missed out on the Golden Globe for best supporting actor to J.K. Simmons at Sunday night's ceremony, but he's hopeful his role in Boyhood may bag him an Oscar nomination when they're announced later this week.

“I’ve dedicated my life to acting. This is my 30th year of being a professional actor so it would mean a tremendous amount to me. I’ve always been the kind of person who can live a good two or three weeks on a compliment, you know. It’s pretty much the fuel of my life so I could probably live for another 14 months on that," Ethan said, as quoted by British newspaper London Evening Standard.

Boyhood did win the Golden Globe for best motion picture drama, and bagged director Richard Linklater and actress Patricia Arquette gongs too.

It was shot over a period of 12 years, meaning all the actors genuinely aged during the process. Ethan found he'd use real-life moments he shared with his kids Maya, 16, and Levon, 12, with ex Uma Thurman, and Clementine, six, and Indiana, three, with second wife Ryan, in the film, which is something they hated.

"They don’t remember a time period in my life where I wasn’t working on Boyhood. ‘Did you have to put that in, Dad?’ - they said that about so many things that if I talk about them in a newspaper I’ll get in trouble again," he revealed.

Reflecting on last year, Ethan experienced the loss of two of his former stars. He starred alongside Robin Williams in 1989's Dead Poets Society and Philip Seymour Hoffman in 2007's Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.

"Robin was a comic genius and that genius came at a price,” he sighed.

“Philip was a tremendous force and tremendous inspiration to me. The whole community feels a black hole that he’s left behind."

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